Showing posts with label Book Launch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Book Launch. Show all posts

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lawrence Herbert - The King of Color

Lawrence Herbert - The King of Color

Lawrence Herbert is the founder of Pantone, Inc., the world’s premier color standards company and color authority. As the creative force behind the development of color systems that have set the standard for global communication of color in a number of industries – printing, publishing, packaging, graphic arts, paint, plastics, coatings, computer, film, video, textiles, and fashion – Herbert’s life and work are explored in the book, The King of Color, written by Herbert with Linda Mead, co-author of bestselling-book, You’ve Earned It, Don’t Lose It with Suze Orman, and her own Investing With Giants.

As discussed in The King of Color, Herbert’s success in the printing industry was never part of his life plan. In 1956, out of the US Army for two years where he completed military service in the Korean War, Herbert had hopes of attending medical schools and was in search of a job that could fund such educational pursuits.

Holding a BA from Hofstra University, Herbert eventually walked into the New York City offices of Pantone Press in hopes of landing a position. At Pantone Press, Herbert not only found the job he sought, but also an education in printing, color dynamics and business insight, which soon developed into an idea that would revolutionize the world of color. As time passed at Pantone Press, Herbert noticed that color matching in the print industry was often fickle and unreliable. Print clients that requested one color, often times received the wrong variation. After a while, Herbert took it upon himself to change such inconsistency through the development of a system that would result in predictable printed colors at all times, anywhere in the world. Proving himself a skilled, determined worker and true visionary, Herbert abandoned his plans for medical school and eventually purchased Pantone Press in 1962, one year before developing a revolutionary color standards system.

The result? The Pantone Matching System. As The King of Color details, The Pantone Matching System took the world by storm, becoming the basis upon which he and his family would soon develop similar systems for plastic, fabric, electronics, paint and so forth, and consult with branding companies in creating their palettes.

Today, Pantone oversees its multinational company from an 80,000 square foot facility in New Jersey with branches around the globe, including locations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Japan and India.

Herbert’s successes have garnered him the Hall of Fame Award from the New Jersey Advertising Hall of Fame and Gold Medal from Britain’s Institute of Printing. In 1995, the Association of the Graphic Arts presented Herbert with the prestigious “Power of Printing” Award. In 2001, Herbert received the Platinum Corporate Legend Award from Pratt Institute. Herbert has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the university. In 1996, Hofstra University also inaugurated the Lawrence Herbert Distinguished Professorship Chair in his honor. Herbert serves on the Boards of the New York City Ballet and the American Film Institute and is a substantial supporter of many cultural institutions and health charities. He has received the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Ellis Island Gold Medal of Honor and was appointed to the City of New York Cultural Advisory Board by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and to the New York State Council on the Arts by former New York Governor George Pataki. Most recently, Herbert has been named a Corporate Honoree by the School of American Ballet.

The King of Color
Written by Lawrence Herbert with Linda Mead
$24.95 USD Product No. DBR105

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Best-Selling Author Melissa De La Cruz Hosts Exclusive New York City Fete for Her Latest novel, The Van Alen Legacy


With Soho’s MEET At The Apartment as the backdrop, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Melissa de la Cruz recently fêted the publication of the hotly anticipated fourth installment of the Young Adult series, Blue Bloods— The Van Alen Legacy. International burlesque performer, Veronica Varlow, who has been featured on MTV worldwide, performed a "Vampire Dance" at the event, as guests sipped cocktails, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and indulged in mini-cupcakes courtesy of CRUMBS Bake Shop.

In de la Cruz’s latest work, the Blue Bloods find themselves in an epic battle for survival. As readers discover in the introductory novel, within New York City’s most elite families, there lurks a secret society of celebrated Americans whose ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. They are the powerful and the prestigious— they are the Blue Bloods, an ancient group of vampires.

The Blue Bloods series has over a million copies in print and has topped the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It was named #9 in Entertainment Weekly's 20 Greatest Vampires of All Time. The series has been hailed by critics and garnered awards from the American Library Association as a Top Ten pick, the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, the New York Library Books for the Teenage, the Texas Library's Tayshas list, the Nevada Best Books and the Iowa Best Books. Disney-Hyperion is planning a first printing of 290,000 copies of The Van Alen Legacy and is sending Melissa on a nine-city book tour throughout October and November.

In addition to Blue Bloods, de la Cruz is also the author of The Au Pairs, Ashleys and Angels on Sunset Boulevard series, critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens. Her adult books include Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas. De la Cruz has also worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa de la Cruz

Thursday, March 5, 2009

New York’s Renaissance Man

New York’s Renaissance Man

The who’s-who of New York’s social and literary scenes raised their glasses in a toast to former Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr., chairman of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom, on the publication of his new book, An American Experience: Adeline Moses Loeb and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors. Lady Liliana Cavendish, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Denise Rich, Richard Turley, Amy Fine Collins, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Wendy Carduna, Bettina Zilkha, Marjorie Reed Gordon, George Gurley and Hilary Heard, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Yaz Hernandez, Ann Rapp, and Barbara de Portago were in attendance to support the man of the hour, Ambassador Loeb, and his fascinating family memoir.

The book, published by The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, has already received a warm reception from reviewers. Stephen Birmingham, author of Our Crowd says it is, “an extraordinary tapestry composed of variously colored threads—of anecdote, of biography, of memoir, of scholarly genealogy, and of rich American history.” With a foreword by Ambassador Loeb (a former ambassador to Denmark, and a grandson of Adeline Moses Loeb and Carl Loeb) followed by a revealing introduction by author and Southern historian Eli N. Evans, the book promises to become a “must-read” in the literary lives of those who treasure family memoirs.

Ambassador Loeb has played a large role in bringing public awareness to American Jewish history, as well as supporting and initiating projects and organizations related to Jewish heritage. In the 1970s, he and the Loeb family funded and helped to organize “The Jewish Community In Early New York 1654-1800,” an exhibit featured at the Fraunces Tavern Museum® in New York City. More recently, Ambassador Loeb initiated and helped fund a similar exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, called “Tolerance and Identity: Jews in Early New York, 1654-1825.”

Additionally, Ambassador Loeb is a pioneer in the wine world—in his role as president of Sonoma-Loeb Wines. Although other U.S. vineyards have claimed their wineries hold carbon neutral status, Sonoma-Loeb is the first to achieve carbon neutrality in producing bottled wine, meaning that the carbon footprint of the production and delivery of the bottle to the consumer has been totally offset. Ambassador Loeb says,
“Protecting our national resources has always been a top priority and now with everyone claiming to be green and environmentally-friendly, we wanted to be transparent.” First bottled in 1991 early in the California wine revolution, Sonoma-Loeb Private Reserve Chardonnay is modeled after the Montrachet wines from Burgundy but, at about $30 per bottle, available at a fraction of the price of the great French wines. The Private Reserve Chardonnay has earned ratings as high as 93 points from The Wine Spectator magazine and 90 points from wine expert Robert Parker.
Cheers to Ambassador Loeb, who has made in indelible footprint with his work in philanthropy, history, community, and the environment.

The book can be purchased through:
· Sons of the Revolution In the State of New York 212-425-1776 ext. 10 or ext. 14
or email
For more information on Sonoma-Loeb Winery and Carbon Solutions America please visit: For more information on the George Washington Institute of Religious Freedom, please visit